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NCJ Number: 237373 Find in a Library
Title: Racial Disparity in Police Stop and Searches in England and Wales
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:27  Issue:4  Dated:December 2011  Pages:453-473
Author(s): Vani K. Borooah
Date Published: December 2011
Page Count: 21
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examined racial disparity in England and Wales.
Abstract: Data published by the United Kingdom’s Ministry for Justice clearly shows that, compared to persons who were White, members of racial minorities in England, particularly Blacks, were far more likely to be stopped and searched by the police. The question is whether such racial disparity in stops and searches could be justified by racial disparities in offending? Or whether the disparity in stop and searches exceeded the disparity in offending? This paper proposes a method for measuring the amount of excess in racial disparity in police stop and searches. Using the most recently published Ministry of Justice data (for 2007/08) for Police Areas in England and Wales it concludes that while in several Areas there was no excess to racial disparity in police stop and searches, there was, on the basis of the methodology proposed in the paper, evidence of such excess in some Police Areas of England and Wales. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Profiling
Index Term(s): Black; England; Foreign police; Sentencing disparity; Stop and frisk; Wales
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